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South Korea June thermal coal imports at eight-month low: customs

London — South Korea imported 8.22 million mt of thermal coal in June, down slightly from the 8.24 million mt it imported in May and the lowest monthly total since October 2017, according to customs data.

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The June total was also down 6.8% from the year ago month.

While imports from the key origins of Indonesia, Australia, and South Africa all rose on the month, imports from Russia, Colombia, and Canada all fell, highlighting the more diversified approach of South Korean thermal coal imports over the last year.

Bituminous coal accounted for 93% of imports at 7.63 million mt.

Indonesia was the key supplier of coal, representing 3.2 million mt for June. This was a gain of 29% on the month and 8% on the year.

Imports of Australian coal were 1.8 million mt, up 4% on the month but down 27% from the year ago month

Imports of Russian coal were 1.4 million mt, down 6% on the month and 23% on the year.

Imports of South African coal rose by just 11,190 mt on the month to 829,962 mt, more than double last June's total of 378,066 mt.

Meanwhile, imports from other origins -- including the US, Canada, and Colombia -- fell to 956,286 mt, down 44% on the month and 22% on the year.

--Joseph Clarke, joseph.clarke@spglobal.com

--Edited by Jeremy Lovell, jeremy.lovell@spglobal.com